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CSIR-IMTECH celebrates its 36th foundation day

Chandigarh, Jan 24 (UNI) CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH), Chandigarh on Friday celebrated its 36th Foundation Day by organizing several events including the much anticipated Foundation Day Lecture.
According to a statement released here on Friday, Prof J Gowrishankar, Director, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Mohali delivered this year’s Foundation day lecture on progress of genetics in bacterial ribonuclease.
E Prof Gowrishankar who is a Padma Shri and Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar awardee obtained his PhD from the University of Melbourne, Australia, Prof Sarit K Das, Director, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Ropar also presided over the function.
During his lecture, Prof Gowrishankar highlighted that the absence of RNase E is lethal to the growth of bacterial cell. The lecture focused on understanding the mechanism of RNase E which is one of the crucial enzyme having RNA degradation activity. He also discussed the potential implications of recessive resurrection on genetic studies in other model organisms and in humans.
Dr Manoj Raje, Officiating Director, CSIR-IMTECH while welcoming the guests and faculty to IMTECH’s foundation day gave a brief background of CSIR-IMTECH and apprised the audience with institute’s achievements during the last year. He highlighted the inauguration of Merck High End Skill Development Centre and approval of grant from BIRAC to set up a new cGMP facility for microbial cell bank as steps toward creating world class facilities in the institute.
Speaking at the occasion, Dr Raje said, IMTECH has held on to the philosophy that Science drives Technology and Technology Drives Science which has been the driver of all major research and development happening in the institute. He further added that since India is a country today with 65 per cent of its youth in the working age group (15-59 years), Merck High End Skill Development Centrewill help in increasing the employment opportunities of the students through this initiative of IMTECH.
On this occasion, the institute also felicitated its students for best PhD thesis and best PhD presentation award 2019 with a certificate and cash award for their outstanding performances.

CSIR-IMTECH is a national center for excellence in microbial sciences and was established in 1984.
IMTECH’s vision is to discover and develop transitional products and new drugs to address key unmet medical needs.
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